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How Math Explains the World: A Guide to the Power of Numbers, from Car Repair to Modern Physics Hardcover – April 22, 2008
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About the Author
James D. Stein is a professor of mathematics at California State University, Long Beach. A graduate of Yale University and the University of California, Berkeley, he lives in Redondo Beach, California.
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The real fun and value of this book is the author's unusual command of MANY of the 6,500 fields of math listed in the MSC. Today mathematicians must specialize so much, that it is rare to find one who can simultaneously draw examples from geometry, physics, sociology and Theology! Stein is bright, entertaining and electic, and just an awesome teacher. If you teach math, this book is a MUST to show your students the numerous "angles" you can come at when looking at a problem, including a LOT of humility throughout the text about what can and can't be solved.
Stein will be discussing a reprise from Pythag to Quantum, and suddenly digress into bisecting triangles or constructing cubes with a compass, then later relate them to the provability of the existence of God! Wow. He hints at the possibility that certain arcane fields are indeed lurking to be found, as well as unseen connections between research in different areas (voting behavior vs. physics). 5 years later his predictions are exploding everywhere... from quaternions in game programming physics and computer graphics to logs and primes in quantum computing.
He mentions discrete math and many "older" techniques as now relevant to quantum physics.Read more ›
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my son who is a math whiz was very interested in getting this book...he was facinated with the title so I had to get it for him.Published on September 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I picked up "How Math Explains the World" because it had a small section discussing something I was studying for a class (the axiom of choice. Read morePublished on January 4, 2012 by Daniel Watkins
Read this if you already like math (which I do) and want to learn a brief history of math (which I don't), and how it explains some things. Read morePublished on July 20, 2008 by S. Chan